March 17, 2009 Leave a comment
I don’t really celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. I don’t have anything against it, I just don’t get excited about it. However, as I thought about this holiday I had a few musings about some of the symbolism associated with it.
Of course the prevalent images that are most often associated with March 17th are leprechauns, clovers, rainbows, and pots of gold. In this post I will only touch on the latter two.
Although these are symbols of a fun holiday for many people, unfortunately they are also symbolic of how many people in our society live. They spend inordinate amounts of time chasing after rainbows and pots of gold. Let me explain.
Scientifically speaking, rainbows are a multicolored optical and meteorological phenomenon. They are beautiful, but lack substance and don’t last very long. Once the atmospheric conditions change, the rainbow disappears.
As for the pot of gold that’s supposed to reside at the end of the rainbow, most rational people accept that as just part of a fairy tale and that it doesn’t really exist.
As transient and unrealistic as these symbols are, it’s sad that so many people get caught up chasing things that have minimal substance, short-term benefits, and unfulfilling rewards. I would liken rainbows and gold to money, fame, status, power, and other similar targets of shallow life pursuits.
Many people are looking for a fake pot of gold at the end of a temporary rainbow. It’s too bad they forget the real treasures of life are found in their faith, family, and friends. Don’t overlook these valuable treasures in search of fleeting flash. What’s most valuable and needed is often right around you.
Paul Wilson, Jr.
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